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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000644.txt from 2003/06

From: "Patricia A. Smith" <>
Subj: [kl] Survey 2: What kind of mouthpiece do you use?;was, Survey - What
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2003 15:27:44 -0400

Erik Tkal wrote:

>Walter, you may also want to note what mouthpiece as well.

:) Walter, I'm glad Erik brought this up! I STILL play on YOUR
mouthpiece, and I still love it.

For students, so far I recommend either the Fobes Debut or the
comparable Hite beginner mouthpiece. (Clark, your Debut is a FABULOUS
piece of craftmanship - and SOOO reasonably priced!) I do not have
experience with the Hite, so I cannot say much about it other than it is
a product I consider due to having used other Hite mouthpieces in the
past and found them satisfactory.

The Debut, OTOH, I've had the pleasure of discovering a hidden GORGEOUS
sound within students who were making an uphill climb on either stock
mouthpieces or other mouthpieces that, though decent enough, were not
really suited to beginner/intermediate players. IMO, a student can use
the Debut all through high school. Certainly, if a student is advanced
enough, his/her private teacher would have some input, etc., and we
would look at a more individualized choice. However, when I say what I
do here, it is for the great majority of high school players who, more
than likely, will not play past a particular level, and probably will
not continue to play once they have graduated.

Patricia Smith

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